The Maryland Historical Society’s poster collection consists of over 1,300 posters from the 20th century and early 21st century. These range from propaganda posters, advertisements for cultural events in Baltimore and Maryland, political campaign posters, and more.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.
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Language of Materials
The collection is organized chronologically by decade and by size. Digital reference photographs have been taken of each poster in the collection and are available for viewing in the main reading room of the Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library.
Scope and Contents
The earliest posters in the collection feature Leonora Jackson, one of the first female violinists to gain international fame, circa 1900-1915. The most recent poster is a 2020 Black Lives Matter poster. In between is everything from a 1968 Nixon/Agnew campaign poster, to Baltimore City Fair Posters from the 1970s, to a poster from the U.S. Pro Cycle Championship held in Baltimore in 1982.
The bulk of the posters in the collection, over 1,000, are World War I and World War II era propaganda posters. Most were produced by the U.S. Government; the collection also consists of privately printed posters, both from the United States and abroad.
- Guide to the poster collection
- In Progress
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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